Friday 15 December 2017

Mick Wallace's political pals: Where they stand

The Irish Independent contacted members of the Technical Group for a second day to ask their views on whether Mick Wallace should resign as a TD. Here is what they said:

Shane Ross, Dublin South: Independent

Did not return phone call.

Stephen Donnelly, Wicklow: Independent

Did not answer the question.

"It's an issue for Mick Wallace and the people of Wexford to decide."

Luke 'Ming' Flanagan, Roscommon-South Leitrim: Independent

Did not return phone call.

Thomas Pringle, Donegal South-West: Independent

"I think that obviously he'll have to think seriously about his own position . . . after what's been published in the last couple of days. There is no mechanism whereby he can be removed other than by the people of Wexford in an election or by being declared bankrupt or by being in prison for longer than six months."

Mattie McGrath, Tipperary South: Independent

Did not return phone call.

John Halligan, Waterford: Independent

"If this was a Fianna Fail TD or a Fine Gael TD, I'd imagine we'd all be looking for them to resign. What he's done is wrong. I'm going to meet him about this and my inclination is that he should resign.

"Too many TDs have been involved in the past with this -- people won't take it any more."

Clare Daly, Dublin North: United Left Alliance/ Socialist Party

Did not return phone call.

Seamus Healy, Tipperary South: United Left Alliance/ Workers and Unemployed Action Group

Did not return phone call.

Finian McGrath Dublin North-Central: Independent

"I don't think he should resign because I feel very strongly it's for the people of Wexford to make that decision. He gets his democratic mandate from the people of Wexford. I just feel very uncomfortable about telling somebody down in Wexford to resign."

Catherine Murphy, Kildare North: Independent

Did not answer the question.

"It's not the 166 people in the Dail who decide who's in the Dail. It's the electorate. That's my view."

Richard Boyd-Barrett, Dun Laoghaire: United Left Alliance/People Before Profit Alliance

Did not answer the question.

"I don't think it's up to me or even Mick Wallace how this is adjudicated on. It would be a very honourable decision of his to put himself up for re-election now.

We need a system where the constituents who elected somebody have the right to recall public representatives if there are question marks over them."

Maureen O'Sullivan, Dublin Central: Independent

Did not answer the question.

"What he did was wrong. I am certainly not condoning that in any way. There are procedures both inside and outside the Dail to deal with situations like this, but I'm not joining the baying for his blood of resignation. It's his decision."

Joe Higgins, Dublin West: United Left Alliance/Socialist Party

Did not return a telephone call.

Told RTE's 'Six One' that any outstanding tax should be repaid in full.

Joan Collins, Dublin South-Central: United Left Alliance/People Before Profit Alliance

Did not return a call.

Tom Fleming, Kerry South: Independent

Did not return a telephone call.

Irish Independent

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